"After midnight the moon set and I was alone with the stars. I have often said that the lure of flying is the lure of beauty, and I need no other flight to convince me that the reason flyers fly, whether they know it or not, is the esthetic appeal of flying."
Amelia Mary Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for this record. She set many other records, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots. Earhart joined the faculty of the Purdue University aviation department in 1935 as a visiting faculty member to counsel women on careers and help inspire others with her love for aviation. She was also a member of the National Woman’s Party, and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment. wiki
General William Tecumseh Sherman’s Quote that “War is Hell” Lives on. Would he know that his profound statement would carry on throughout history? In other wars where boys die too soon…
South Vietnam in 1965
Associated Press photographer Horst Faas captured the soldier with the “War Is Hell” emblem on his helment at Phouc Vinh airstrip in South Vietnam in 1965. Faas left the now-iconic photo of that war uncaptioned and the face unidentified. But family member claims, which match up with photographer notes discovered after Faas’ death in May 2012, ultimately identified the soldier as Larry Wayne Chaffin from the St. Louis area. Chaffin made it home from the war but, like many Vietnam veterans, struggled to adjust to civilian life. He died Dec. 3, 1985, at the age of 39, from diabetes complications. His family believes the diabetes was a result of his exposure to Agent Orange, a defoliant agent used in Vietnam and linked to multiple health issues. Chaffin is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.